London-listed betting and gaming operator William Hill has strengthened its board with the appointment of Travelport Worldwide president and CEO Gordon Wilson.

Wilson will join the company’s board of directors as an independent non-executive director with effect from January 2nd 2019.

Gordon has been the CEO of Travelport since 2011 and led the company through its successful IPO in New York in 2014. Travelport is a leading travel distribution platform, which powers real time flight, hotel and car bookings for the global travel industry, as well as providing mobile apps and technology services to airlines such as easyJet, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Delta.

"Gordon brings extensive experience of the development and use of proprietary technology and data at scale on a global basis,” said William Hill chairman Roger Devlin. “This, alongside his knowledge of the US market in particular, bring great value to William Hill given our strategic priorities and focus on capturing the opportunity provided by sports betting regulation in the US."

Wilson also chairs travel payments provider eNett, a joint venture company in which Travelport is the majority shareholder, and is a member of the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

"It is a fascinating time to join the board of William Hill and I look forward to bringing my experience to the table to play a part in the ongoing growth of the business,” said Wilson.

On joining the board, Wilson will become a member of the board's Corporate Responsibility, and Nomination Committees.

William Hill has also announced that its senior independent non-executive director Sir Roy Gardner will step down from the board on November 20th, due to anticipated commitments.

His role will be assumed by non-executive director Mark Brooker, who is currently chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, and is a member of the Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Brooker was formerly chief operating officer and an executive director at Betfair Group, having previously held the position of managing director of the company's sports business.

"We thank Roy for his extensive contribution to William Hill since joining the board in 2014, a period which had substantial change,” said Devlin. “Most recently, Roy led the board's process to appoint a new chairman. We also welcome Mark Brooker to the role of senior independent non-executive director reflecting his significant input since joining the board in April 2017."

Shares in William Hill plc (LSE:WMH) were trading down 1.59 per cent at 223.00 pence per share in London Monday morning.

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